In what’s already been a truly mammoth journey, the historic Pride of the Murray paddlewheeler is today finally crossing the border into Queensland. Here’s some of the highlights of the journey so far.
The move has been slow and steady all the way. She departed from Moama on June 7, passed through Nathalia, Jerilderie, Coleambally, Darlington Point, Hay, Cobar, Bourke and more. The vessel will travel through the Mitchell Highway towards Cunnamulla.
Freightlancer has been tasked with co-ordinating the logistics of the move, with a 700hp Volvo FH16 used to tow the paddlewheeler, which is sitting atop a 26-metre long, 8.7-metre wide gooseneck float trailer built by Drake, that’s rated at 192 tonne.
It’s believed to be the largest boat move ever to take place by road in the Southern Hemisphere.
Throughout the journey, the Pride of the Murray has been greeted by many, who came out to see the epic move.
The paddlewheeler was purchased by Queensland grazier and tourism entrepreneur, Richard Kinnon of the Longreach-based tourism company Outback Pioneers. It will be restored over the coming months and will operate at its new home on the Thomson River.